House Rules Committee clears the path for US House vote on blocking US military aid to Azerbaijan

ANCA-Backed Pallone Amendment to FY2022 Foreign Aid Bill Could Come to a Vote as Early as Wednesday 7/28

WASHINGTON, DC –Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) efforts to block US arms and aid to Azerbaijan took another step forward today with the US House Rules Committee deciding to permit a full House vote on an amendment, led by Rep. Frank Pallone and his Congressional Armenian Caucus colleagues, blocking US military financing and training assistance for the Azerbaijani armed forces.

The House vote on the Pallone amendment to the FY2022 foreign aid bill (H.R.4373) can come as early as Wednesday, July 28th. Pro-Artsakh/Armenia advocates can write, call, and tweet their U.S. Representatives to vote for the amendment by visiting anca.org/alert.

“We welcome today’s decision by Chairman McGovern and the Rules Committee and look forward to the opportunity for each Member of the House to have an opportunity to cast a long overdue ‘up-or-down’ vote on whether American tax dollars should be subsidizing the army of oil-rich Azerbaijani dictator Ilham Aliyev,” said ANCA Executive Director Aram Hamparian. “In the hours leading up to this pivotal vote, we encourage our community and coalition partners to ask their Representatives to vote YES on the Pallone Amendment.”

The Pallone Amendment states, “None of the funds appropriated or otherwise made available by this Act [H.R.4373] under ‘International Military Education and Training’ and ‘Foreign Military Financing Program’ may be made available for Azerbaijan.” The provision does not block discretionary military equipment which may be transferred by the Department of Defense under U.S. laws Section 333. The ANCA is working with Senate and House Members of the Armed Services Committee to address those concerns by strengthening Section 907 restrictions on US military aid to Azerbaijan.

Congressional Armenian Caucus leaders Frank Pallone (D-NJ), Gus Bilirakis (R-FL), Adam Schiff (D-CA), Jackie Speier (D-CA), and David Valadao (R-CA) were joined by the following House members as cosponsors of the amendment: Representatives Tony Cardenas (D-CA), Judy Chu (D-CA), David Cicilline (D-RI), Jim Costa (D-CA), Anna Eshoo (D-CA), Jared Huffman (D-CA), Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX), Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL), Jim Langevin (D-RI), Andy Levin (D-MI), Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), Devin Nunes (R-CA), Linda Sanchez (D-CA), Brad Sherman (D-CA), and Dina Titus (D-NV).

The ANCA has distributed to members of Congress a point-by-point analysis of the immediate need to block all military aid to Azerbaijan, citing their ongoing attacks against Armenia and Artsakh, and the encroachment of over 1000 Azerbaijani soldiers on sovereign Armenian territory.

A second amendment to H.R.4373, led by Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA), which would have increase foreign military financing to Armenia by $3 million, was ruled out of order.

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2 Comments

  1. If only the ever so useless controllers and thieves of Armenia proper would be patriotic and smart enough to utilize the massive resource and power in coordinating all its efforts to coincide with a political powerhouse such as the ANCA. Unfortunately it seems we cant fix this type of gross stupidity and criminal greed that has plagued Armenia’s leadership for decades. I would much rather donate to the ANCA then any Armenian political group as it is 10x more effective and competent to promote Armenia’s well being.

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